Valentines Day

DSC_0090 copyOh yes! It will be here before you know it!! February 14th just over a month away…… Here’s just a few chocolate goodies that will be on offer! 

Chocolate Heart Box- with love hearts inside- 11.50

Red chocolate heart lollies- only £1 each

bouquet of chocolate Roses- £5.50                                                                                          

Caramel Hearts- £3 for 6 

Romantics chocolate box- £14

And if anyone is planning to propose this Valentines Day, how about an edible Chocolate Engagement ring box- £4 .50

And much more!

(more images of the new products to follow)

A Lesson in Chocolate

Theobroma cacao Also known as the Cocoa tree.DSC_0284 DSC_0285        I took these pictures while on my honeymoon in St Lucia, the cocoa tree is where all the our delicious  chocolate starts. So here is chocolate 101-

Cocoa in its original form, is a large pod. Each thick leathery pod contains a sweet pulp and in the pulp there is approximately 30-50 large pale seeds. 

When harvested the pods are cut open with a blade, then the pulp and seeds are scooped out it is then left to undergo “sweating”. This is when the pulp ferments and liquefies, trickling away and leaving the seeds to be collected. They then have to be dried and treated before shipment around the world.

About 400 dried beans are required to make one pound of chocolate. They are roasted and cracked, and the resulting pieces are called ‘nibs’. They are very bitter and not very pleasant to eat at this stage. Nibs are sold in specialty stores and can be used in cooking.

To get the delicious chocolate we all know and love, the nibs have to be ground into a creamy paste called  ‘chocolate liquor’. Then Cocoa butter, sugar and any other ingredients wanted (i.e flavours or lecithin) are added, then the product is then refined, conched and tempered. And thats how you get from the Theobroma Cacao tree to a bar of your favourite chocolate.